Monday, June 23, 2008
George Carlin, Dead At 71
Grammy-award winning comedian George Carlin, best known for his Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV routine, has died of heart failure aged 71.
The star was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday with chest pains and died later that day.
Jack Burns, Carlin's comedy partner in the early 1960s, told the Associated Press agency: "He was a genius and I will miss him dearly."
Carlin produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows and appeared in several movies.
I found much of Carlin's comedy very funny and entertaining. He was an innovator and an original. His more recent routines centered on politics. While I may not have agreed with him in areas of politics, I didn't find his recent political humor funny because instead of being humorous it bordered more on being harsh personal attacks and decidedly biased, with him never applying the same standard to Liberals as he did with Conservatives. His non-political humor and routines were incredibly funny.
Nevertheless, we have lost someone who had the ability to make us laugh, and for this we are a little less better off. May he rest in peace.
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